All of the Apostles suffered intense persecution, and all but one died because of their faith. This should serve as our permanent reminder that our present sufferings don’t compare to the abuse that they experienced.
Matthew was killed by a sword wound in Ethiopia.
Mark was dragged by Horses through the streets of Alexandria, Egypt until he died.
Luke was hung in Greece as a reaction to his preaching.
John was boiled in oil during a wave of persecution In Rome but was providentially delivered from death.
* John was then sentenced to work in the mines on the prison Island of Patmos, during which time he wrote his prophetic Book of Revelation. Tradition teaches us that the apostle John was later freed and returned to serve as an Elder at the Ephesian church. He eventually died as an old man, and was the only apostle to die peacefully.
Peter was crucified upside down on an x-shaped cross.
* According to church tradition it was because he told his tormentors that he felt unworthy to die in the same way that Jesus Christ had died.
James was thrown over a hundred feet down from the southeast pinnacle of the Jerusalem Temple when he refused to deny his faith in Christ. When his enemies discovered that he survived the fall they beat him to death with a fuller’s club.
* This was the same pinnacle where Satan had taken Jesus during the Temptation.
James the Son of Zebedee was beheaded at Jerusalem.
Bartholomew was flayed to death by a whip as a result of his preaching in Armenia.
Andrew Was crucified on an x-shaped cross in Patras, Greece.
* Tradition teaches us that when he was led toward the cross, Andrew spoke these words: “I have long desired and expected this happy hour. The cross has been consecrated by the body of Christ hanging on it.” He continued to preach to his tormentors for two days until he died.
Thomas was stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary trips.
Jude was killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith in Christ.
Matthias was apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot, and was stoned before being beheaded.
Paul Was tortured and then beheaded by the evil Emperor Nero at Rome in A.D. 67 following a lengthy imprisonment.
Source: FOXE’S BOOK OF MARTYRS
“Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.” (Mark 13:13 NIV)